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Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill

Written by Heather L. Montgomery and illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
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When Heather L. Montgomery sees a rattlesnake flattened on the side of the road, her first instinct is to pick it up and dissect it—she’s always wanted to see how a snake’s fangs retract when they close their mouths, and it’s not exactly safe to poke around in a live reptile’s mouth. A wildlife researcher with a special penchant for the animals that litter the roadways, Heather isn’t satisfied with dissecting just one snake. Her fascination with roadkill sets her off on a journey from her own backyard and the roadways of the American South to scientists and kids in labs and homes across the globe. From biologists who use the corpses of Tasmanian devils to investigate cures for a contagious cancer, to a scientist who discovered a whole new species of bird from a single wing left behind, to a boy rebuilding animal bodies from the bones up, to a restaurant that serves up animal remnants, Heather discovers that death is just the beginning for these creatures.

This engaging narrative nonfiction is an eye-opening and irreverent look at the dead and dying animals that we pass by without a second thought—as well as a fascinating insight to the scientific research process.

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Who Wrote Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill

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Heather L. Montgomery

Heather L. Montgomery writes books for kids who are wild about animals. Her subject matter ranges from snakes to snail tongues — the weirder, the wackier the better. With a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in environmental education, Heather’s specialty is using yuck-appeal to engage young minds. When she’s not writing or working with kids, you can’t find her knee-deep in a creek, canoeing a canyon, or up in a tree.

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Who Illustrated Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill

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Kevin O'Malley

A long time ago in a city far, far away (known as Baltimore), a space dinosaur was born. Kevin O’Malley and Patrick O’Brien dreamed up Captain Raptor and started creating books about his daring deeds. They received more fan mail for Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery and Captain Raptor and the Space Pirates (Walker Children’s) than for any of their many, many other books. Ten years later they’re back at it, concocting impossible situations for Captain Raptor in the long-awaited third installment of the series.

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
1547602503
ISBN 13:
9781547602506
Publication Date:
October 15, 2019